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NHO and LO agree that the sick pay scheme must be changed

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Labor and Inclusion Minister Tonje Brenna (Ap) says she appreciates the new signals from LO. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 06.06.2024 02:23:00

Medicine and health: This is what LO deputy leader Steinar Krogstad and NHO director Nina Melsom say to Aftenposten. They state that they are considering a model where the state takes over after 12 days, while the companies pay 10 per cent of the costs after three months of sick leave.

Today’s sick pay scheme entitles employees to full pay in the event of sickness absence, where the employer covers the first 16 days before the state takes over.

The aim is to give companies a financial incentive to get people on long-term sick leave back to work. It is not relevant for LO to reduce the level of benefits.

Labor deputy leader Tonje Brenna says she appreciates the new signals from LO.

– I look forward to discussing this together with the eight parties in the autumn’s negotiations on a new IA agreement, she adds.

The expenditure on sickness benefit has increased by NOK 19.4 billion in the period 2019-2023. About half is due to wage growth and employment growth. The rest, NOK 10 billion, is due to higher sickness absence.

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